Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The winner is JEN! Your Daffins Chocolate Covered Pretzels will be on the way shortly. Please email me with your mailing address - mumof3boyz-at-hotmail-dot-com.
The boyz loved her tradition so much that we are going to do it tomorrow at our New Year's Dinner. And then next year we will do it at both of our Christmas's.
Here are the entries that were received.
Our tradition has always been to have Christmas on Christmas Eve with my side of the family. We eat chili and soup and snacky-type foods at my parent's house. Then we open presents. It is a very casual get together.
The funnest part is that we all bring a "white elephant" gift and play a game where we can steal gifts from each other. It is hilarious to see what presents we fight over. (You can't unwrap the gifts until the timer goes off.) There are some nice gifts and some really dorky ones - there are no rules on what goes in the gift pile. It almost always ends up though, that people fight over something the looks nice on the outside of the package and ends up being something goofy like a can of corn or a roll of TP.
There you have it... our redneck Christmas tradition!
Our tradition was as follows: back when I was little & we were really hurting for money (we didn't have a car if that gives you any idea) my mom taped a lot of Christmas movies onto one VHS tape. This was our Christmas Tape. There were grainy lines across the screen, bits missing where the VCR had cut out or where "play" hadn't been hit quickly enough after commercials, etc.
We loved our Christmas Tape, though. My brother & I played it every December, watching one movie per week to make it last until Christmas. Years and years later, when the financial difficulties were a thing of the past, we still watched our Christmas Tape.
We have stockings that my mother has made, starting with my brother and me. She puts little miniatures on them when something important happens in that year.. like a baby when we had kids, a diploma when we graduated, a nurse when I graduated nursing school, an orange when I moved to Florida... you get the picture.. I'm going to post about them..
We also always open one present on Christmas Eve.. now only the kids do it.. and it's always Christmas pajamas.. We have lots of traditions.. they're fun.
Our tradition is that we do cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate every Christmas morning. It is one of those things that we have shared ever since we had our first Christmas together.
We also do one funny Christmas card and one sentimental card. I have no idea how that started but that is something that has stuck with us.
At our house my kids have stockings that my mother made for them as babies, we have knephla soup sometime during the hoiday, ( it's a German dish with potatoes, carrots, and dough dumplings), and many other once a year goodies. This yr the kids started something new and it was a hit! All four are grown, 2 married and the younger 2 in college. They and spouses draw names for gift giving.
This year they decided that the gifts have to start with the first letter of our last name, next year the second letter, etc...What a hoot! There was alot of creativity used too! ex: a Super Small Snazzy umbrella for a daughter in law who asked for a purse sized umbrella. It was fun and added a little more thought into gift giving this year.
We had such fun learning about everyone's different traditions and we got a lot of great ideas as well as learned a little more about you.
Thank you all for participating. Although Jen is the big winner, I have a little something for the rest of you also. Please email me with you mailing address when you get a chance.
Hope you are having a wonderful New Years!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Luke 2: 10-12
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. "
Merry Christmas to All of You & God Bless you!
From all of us here:
Stacy, Hubby, Teen, Tween & Little S
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My mum had these stockings made for each of the boys as they were born. I absolutely love them. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without them. Little S waited all day for Daddy to get home from work to hang them. Does your family have stockings?
A while back Dory asked what our Thanksgiving traditions were. We really didn't have any. But we have several for Christmas. Our stockings are one of them.
Now for our contest answer this:
The winner will be selected by "The Boyz" from all submissions received by December 30th. The winner will be notified here on December 31st. The prize is yet to be determined. Submissions can be by comment or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please leave a link to your blog if you have one.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We were actually in training on Friday when this very scenario took place. I ignored it. I get embarrassed way too easy to ever say something. The other girl I am training with let it go for about 10 minutes and then she finally stopped class and told him.
I am not sure who was more embarrassed the Dr or me. I was about 10 shades of red. Yes it was bothering me, but I just couldn't bring myself to say anything.
Had it been a patient day, I might have said something to stop him from embarrassing himself, but probably not. I probably would have said something to someone else to tell him.
Monday, December 15, 2008
You stop to take a break. Get a drink, use the restroom, blow your nose.
After the break you get back to business and you notice a little something not right. There is a "bat in the boss's cave".
What do you do? Stop and tell him? Ignore it?
I'll let you know how it turned out after you tell me what you would do.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
We are packing up the car and heading out of town for a few days. The boyz and I are going to visit my Mum at her time share. We always have so much fun there.
There is also a sled riding hill so if there is snow, the boyz will be all over that. We have video from a few years ago that is so funny to watch. Hubby tried to go down the hill on a snow board and did not succeed. I wish I could transfer it onto the computer.
We are also celebrating Little S's birthday while we are there. He will be 5 on the 17th. We will have another party for him here later in the month. December really is all about Little S. One year it seemed everywhere we went he was getting a present for either his birthday or Christmas.
So have a nice weekend! Not sure I will make it on until Sunday evening!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This is one motto I am learning that I need to live by. I have tried delegating. I have tried asking. I have tried begging. Sometimes I get a response, but more times than not, I would have been better off had I done it myself.
Why is this such a hard lesson for me to learn?
And the saddest part of this is that I am talking about other adults. Not my children.
Monday, December 1, 2008
As much as I have felt drawn to a different profession in the past few years, I never thought I would actually make the change. I am all about comfort zones. And I was comfortable in an office. I knew what I was doing.
But I needed to learn something. If I could have, I would have loved to have been able to go back to school. I knew I wanted to work with people and I wanted it to be fast paced. I thought off and on about taking a class or two to become and EMT or Paramedic. I also considered working in a Nursing Home as a patient care assistant.
As I prayed, I would ask God to put me where he wanted me to be. I concentrated on Jeremiah 29:11 - 'I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
I sent out resume after resume. I interviewed and interviewed. And nothing came of any of it. So I started answering any kind of ad. Trusting that God would take care of it.
I can't even begin to express how much I am enjoying my new job. Many times when you start a new job, you are timid the first few weeks or months until you learn the ropes and figure out how you can fit in. From day one I have been comfortable. I am myself. I love the girls that I work with. They all love what they are doing and love working together.
God is truly a loving God. And when you cast your cares to Him, He will answer you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I let go and let God and He provided for me. Thank you again God for all that you do for me in Your time, not mine.
*Today at work they actually let me work on people instead of the dummies. While we were training on the dummies, they would tell us how much easier it was on people. They were so right. I only worked on two patients today, but tomorrow, I will be doing the majority in the morning. I can hardly wait.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We have never made a gingerbread house before. Hubby saw it in the store today and thought it would be fun for me and the boyz to do. The boyz had so much fun that we may start doing this every year after Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Today I am Thankful for a PJ day. Although hubby and I did get up and get a few things this morning, we slept in until 8. We got a few things and then came home and just chilled all day. The kids never got out of their PJ's and I am already back in mine. The cashiers at K*Mart wore their PJ's to work today. It was neat and homey.
Last night we again sat and played games for a few hours at the table. There are many things I learn while playing games with the boyz. Some are things that I really didn't need to know. Like the following conversation:
Tween asked Teen to look under his (Tween's) arm and see if he had any hair there yet.
Teen for whatever reason went ahead and looked. Told him "no" and proceeded to lift his own arms and show off all the hair under his arms.
He then pulls up his shirt and says "Look, I even have hair on my chest and a happy trail".
I could not believe he just said that. It took me a few minutes to stop laughing before we could continue our game.
BOYZ! They never cease to amaze me with what they will say.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
And the fullness of living
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Last night hubby made 2 pumpkin cheesecakes. Tonight he will make the regular pumpkin pies.
I have several favorite food that I love to have for the holiday. If I could have both hubby's family and my family here at the same time I would be in heaven filled with my favorite foods.
* My absolute favorite pie in the world is my Mum's Pumpkin pie.
My mum usually makes the pies from scratch. And when I say scratch, I mean fresh pumpkins bought on a farm that she has cleaned, baked and frozen herself. No canned pumpkin for her. She also makes the crust from scratch not frozen or pre-made shells.
In the past several years she has taken some shortcuts, but there is something different about her pies that I just love. I have never tasted any as good as hers or that even come close. It must be all the fresh ingredients that make it taste so good.
* The favorite thing that my Mother-in-law makes is her noodles.
The picture does not do them justice at all. I think she boils the noodles in the broth from the turkey. Let me tell you, they are the best noodles I have ever eaten. Holiday dinners on hubby's side just aren't complete without them.
* Hubby's brothers wife always brings Strawberry Pretzel Salad to dinner.
Need I say anything else about this?
I am Thankful for all of these favorite foods and more as we share a family meal together.
What is your favorite food(s) for Thanksgiving? You know, the one that you just have to have or it isn't the same.
Updated to add the Following Recipe:
2 CUPS CRUSHED PRETZELS
3/4 CUPS MELTED MARGARINE
4 TBSP. SUGAR
MIX AND PLACE IN 9x13 INCH PAN. BAKE AT 400 FOR 6 MINUTES. LET COOL
8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
1 CUP SUGAR
1 (16 oz) COOL WHIP
MIX TOGETHER AND SPREAD OVER COOLED CRUST.
6oz. STRAWBERRY JELLO
2 CUPS BOILING WATER
20 oz. FROZEN STRAWBERRIES
LET THICKEN, THEN POUR OVER CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE AND REFRIGERATE.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan's Purse run by Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son).
Here is a short video explaining what this program is:
I am Thankful for programs like this. It is such a great way to let those in the smallest poverty stricken places in the world that God loves them and so do other Christians.
Can you imagine being one of these children? And then to be given such a wonderful gift from someone you don't even know. What an amazing thing.
In my devotions today it talks about a child who when he opened his box he started to cry. One of the workers went over and noticed that his box was filled with socks and nothing else. So trying to comfort the child she told him that she would get him a different box. He shook his head no and pulled the box towards him. He had been diagnosed with a rare skin condition only on his feet and the doctors had told him that the only was it was going to heal was if he wore cotton socks. He had prayed and prayed for them and that is what he got.
We have had missionaries speak at our church about Operation Christmas Child and over and over again we hear stories like these about how prayers were answered in those boxes.
If you have time, please visit the links above. And if you can, make up a box and send it off to a child in need.
Monday, November 24, 2008
School is also short this week so I will get a couple extra days to spend with the boys. Maybe we can catch up on a few movies and play some board games.
Last night the five of us played Boggle together. I love Boggle. I think I could play it every night and not get tired of it. And playing with the boyz I learn new words also. They are good about writing something down they think might be a word and then we look it up and learn the meaning together.
We also played Scrabble Jr last night and Tween won. Which was a complete surprise to all of us. He is the smartest of us all, but he never wins board games. Good for him! I hope he keeps winning!
The play is finally over also, so we are getting a little more back into the routine and time together.
Is there a game that your family likes to play together?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The kids did a great job. The only problem is the mic system. The schools was not working for some reason so the drama department rented mic's and they keep cutting out on the kids. I feel so bad that they worked so hard for so long and then the audience can only hear part of the program.
I will add pictures in later.
Not much else is going on. I am studying for work. And actually feel that I am learning some things. We met with the doctor Friday and went over our books for a while. I was full of questions and with the answers have learned even more.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I feel so blessed that I can call on my family and friends and almost immediately have a hundred people praying for me.
Today was also the Jr. High County Chorus performance. It was really nice and the kids did a great job.
In case you don't know what this is, they select the best singers from each school in the county. They practice weekly at their own school for about a month. Then on the day of the performance, they gather together and all sing for the first time. They of course practice all together in the morning and afternoon and then perform that evening. There was even one song that they all just learned today. I was impressed that they could all gather like this for just one day and be able to pull off such a great show. These kids are truly talented.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Now if he would only speak a little louder and clearer.
What is it with doctors mumbling? Or is it just me?
We worked a lot on the dummy heads today and were timed. I had some good times for just starting out.
My CPR Cert class is set up for early December. That one shouldn't be too bad. I had my Cert forever and a day ago when I was in Girl Scouts.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Until now. Here is a hint:
Yes, it is freezing outside.
Yes, it is snowing like crazy at times.
Yes, my husband is at his first ever Pittsburgh Steelers game.
I have bid on tickets through ebay for him several times and have never been able to get them as the price goes way over my budget. Steelers tickets are some of the hardest tickets to get.
Today I am Thankful for friends with connections. One of our friends was given 2 tickets early in the week and called hubby and asked him if he wanted to go with him. All he needed was money for dinner.
I can not even tell you how blessed we have been lately. God is so Amazing and Good!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
When deciding to take the boyz to a play at the local college, call ahead and make reservations. It does not matter that the college is small and it is a Friday night, you may have to sit on the couch in the reception area and wait until just before the play starts to see if they have seating for you.
However, I am Thankful that we did get seats. And some of the best in the house. Front row left of center.
We went to Westminster College and saw Once Upon A Mattress tonight. In case you have never heard of it, it is a stage adaption of The Princess and The Pea.
The kids did a great job. There were several little ones in the audience besides Little S. At one point the "Princess" had to kiss the Prince. The little girl behind us yells "Ewwww". It was so funny the audience just broke up and even the actors on stage started to laugh.
I am so glad the my boyz enjoy going to the theatre with me. I love to go and never thought that the boyz would want to go with me, but they enjoy it just as much as me.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Each of them touched me in a different way and I have many fond memories of each of them.
We have several pictures of 5 generations on my mothers side from when I was a baby and then again when my boys were babies. 5 generations. Can you believe it? And I was old enough when my great-great grandmother (Nana) died to remember her.
My children were also blessed with many grandparents and sadly we lost 3 of them in the past two years. They all actually died in just over a year. I still miss them so dearly. There are days when my heart just aches for them.
When the older boys were little they had 6 grandmothers and 4 grandfathers. Can you imagine our gatherings at times? lol
Do you have a favorite memory of a grandparent that you would like to share?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I think for every question and answer that I get I have 5 more questions. I have a huge text book to learn and several pages of codes.
But I am Thankful for again having a place of employment. There are so many in the area here that are still unemployed and currently being laid off that I am blessed to have gotten this position.
God surely does work in mysterious ways. I had been applying to office positions for the past month and a half, had been signed up with 2 different Temp services and went on countless interviews and Nothing.
I had prayed that God would put me in a position where I would be able to work with people. especially either the elderly or children. For a while now I have felt that I was not in the place that God wanted me to be.
Although I am very overwhelmed at the time, I know that this is where God wants me. The doctor is so nice, he is a Christian, and is dedicated to the local community and the people of El Salvador.
Thank you again for all of the prayer support that all of you have given me.